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Happy Trails to You

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 February 2010 in Transportation and Portfolio.

I debated for a long time whether to post this photo, not really knowing what to think of the chain link fence that was captured here. There were a few shots that I captured where the lens was placed through the fence, but I couldn't get a steady shot on such a long shutter speed. Then, as of late, other fellow Aminus3 members posted similar shots where the chain link fence had a strong presence in their compositions and I realized how much depth the fence added in their captures.

Similar to writer's block, I am getting a case of "photographer's block." I've been wanting to try some indoor projects like water abstracts and the like, but it's just the set-up time that escapes me.

I'll be heading to Florida in March and Washington, D.C. in May. If anyone has any ideas on favorite spots to capture monuments in Washington, DC, particularly at night, please drop me a suggestion or two.

This capture is looking north at the south-bound lane of traffic (headlights) which is heading into Chicago on I-94. I love what the long shutter speed does to the street lights, creating a twinkling light.

Photo taken September 25, 2009.

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Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I love the effect of the lights on the highway, a great "long shutter speed" shot ! Well done :)

11 Feb 2010 8:56am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

excellent shot.. it make you feel you are actually there looking through the fence.. :)

11 Feb 2010 9:44am

Florence from Paris, France

I alaways enjoy looking at longg shutter speed photographs, particlarly with cars... I always think of a vulcano !

11 Feb 2010 11:23am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Great job and the fence adds rather than distracts.

11 Feb 2010 1:44pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

The fence adds a touch of realism to the scene, since it's often the filter through which most of us get to view such a busy highway. The title is great, I like this picture.

11 Feb 2010 3:29pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great compo. Super idea to shoot through this fence!

11 Feb 2010 3:32pm

@MARIANA: You were one of the fellow Aminus3 members I spoke of above when I saw your photo from the other day.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I love the little starbursts in the street lights.

11 Feb 2010 4:52pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

It is always cool to see other people's idea and try the same . That is the way I am learning all the time :) Thx :)

11 Feb 2010 4:55pm

Robert from Los Angeles, United States

Well I'm glad that you decided to post it after all! Some indoor shots from you would be interesting. I don't think I've seen any from you. Have I? *awaiting patiently* :-D

11 Feb 2010 5:06pm

Olivier from Belgium


11 Feb 2010 5:08pm

Robert from Los Angeles, United States

Well, indoor shots as in from you home or studio setup, etc., not public buildings. Let me get my cuppa coffee...

11 Feb 2010 5:08pm

alex centrella from California, United States

cool shot !

11 Feb 2010 5:11pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

The fence works here. It gives a feeling of separation and also adds that extra dimension for depth.

11 Feb 2010 5:51pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Very nice - the fence doesn't bother me at all - it gives me the feeling of standing there on the bridge - great night shot and I like the slow shutter speed!

11 Feb 2010 6:32pm

Denise from Duncannon, United States

I think the fence adds to it, I have taken shots at a baseball game through one and it came out pretty nice.

11 Feb 2010 8:25pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


11 Feb 2010 8:29pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I think you had no choice. The trails are just too beautiful and interesting, so the fence really doesn't matter. To get rid of it, you would have had to do something illegal. :-D

11 Feb 2010 11:02pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot ! Well done !

11 Feb 2010 11:07pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Great compo. Steven

11 Feb 2010 11:29pm

Jacqueline from Belgium

A very beautiful photograph of night, I like the clearness of the lit trails, beautiful framing.
I like much your way of explaining the photograph, much details thank you Steven.

11 Feb 2010 11:42pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

I think the fence is like caging.. maybe it has a feeling of being separated from the outside world which is brilliant with light but also.. sometimes too bright. So then the viewer needs to decide, does the cage protect or imprison the one trapped inside. I think graphically it works. Sometimes I can bokeh the fences out but you probably couldn't here. Still.. I don't think it detracts.

12 Feb 2010 4:22am

Jean-Michel from Herstal, Belgium

I like the effect on this one. It reminds me of a snake of fire. Nice long capture.

12 Feb 2010 5:44pm

Amit Suvarna from Mumbai, India

I should atleast attempt something like this. I hope my point and shoot is upto this. thanks for the inspiration.

12 Feb 2010 6:51pm

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

I think it's a great shot. The chain fence really drives home the point that you are in the city. Nicely done.

12 Feb 2010 9:02pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

I like the presence of the chain link fence. It makes the photo more ordinary and gives a creative feeling. Nice work.

13 Feb 2010 9:51am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

I like the idea of the fence very much. It adds to the feeling of actually being there! A very cool image with the streaks and bursts of light.

13 Feb 2010 6:58pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Love those serpentine light trails.

13 Feb 2010 8:25pm

John from Geneva, United States

When I first started shooting (in the days of film, when Roosevelt was still in office) I was mostly a candid shooter (exemplified by Karine's incredible work http://karinian.aminus3.com/). Off and on again over the years, I lately seem to be doing more set-up work for scenery and buildings. I can't seem to get the hang of macro work, but I'm thinking of trying some more action work this summer. Point being, maybe breaking out of the block can be achieved by going after a different style of photography.
As I've become somewhat dormant during the colder temps, I'm also keeping a list of things that come to mind, and I'll schedule some of those when summer comes about. I've gotten various inspirations from the twenty AM3 blogs I watch once or twice a week, but daily the Tribune's news photos (http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/chi-pod-pix,0,6615505.photogallery) provide different shots from different professionals around the globe, always good for generating an idea or two, and a new PC wallpaper every day.
As for DC, I suggest you get in touch with Candid1 (http://candid1.aminus3.com/), as she's a DC area resident who might be able to provide you ideas for your May trip. I'd love to spend a week wandering DC with a camera, and even Baltimore after watching the HBO series The Wire. I hope you have a good visit there. If you give me a general idea where you're headed in FLA, I can give you some ideas for there myself.
Good luck beating the block!

14 Feb 2010 9:06pm

Adam from Adelaide, Australia

I have to echo others' sentiments - I feel the the fence adds to the shot, and gives it a real point of difference. Very nice!

8 Apr 2010 12:54pm